(This article was reprinted from the Jersey City Reporter. The legendary Jin Hague is the auther. Thanks Jim for your dedication to the athletes of Hudson County)
Anna Schreiber is a physics teacher and chairperson of the science department at Hudson Catholic High School.
She also has served as the head bowling coach for the last six seasons.
And Schreiber believes that there is a strong correlation between physics and the sport of bowling.
“Bowling is all about motion,” Schreiber said. “It’s all about draft and spin of the ball, the action of the pins. I always use bowling as an example. I tell them to use what they’ve learned in class at the lanes. Some of my students have become bowlers.”
Schreiber used to be a competitive bowler, but retired due to injury. But she continued to coach the Hawks.
“I love it,” Schreiber said. “I loved to bowl, but had to give it up.”
But Schreiber remains active in bringing physics to the bowling lanes. She must be doing something right, because once again, the Hudson Catholic bowling team captured a state sectional championship.
For the second straight year, the Hawks are state sectional champions, but this time, they won the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 1, Group I state championship at Jersey Lanes in Linden.
The Hawks collected 3,099 pins compared to Oratory Prep’s total of 2,773. Middlesex High was third and Johnson Regional of Clark was fourth.
Hudson Catholic also captured the Hudson County Tournament title, defeating North Bergen and Union City.
Not bad, winning county and state honors in the matter of a few days.
“It’s exciting,” Schreiber said. “I’m really proud of them. They worked hard and did well all season.”
Leading the way for the Hawks was freshman Ramesh Persaud, who rolled a 662 series and a high game of 234.
“His brother Jivan was one of my bowlers,” Schreiber said. “Even though he’s just a kid, he bowls like a man. He’s only going to improve. He has a bright future.”
De’Wayne Sims is a senior who is a mainstay on the team.
“He’s a newcomer to us,” Schreiber said. “He never bowled competitively before.”
But Sims collected a 177 average this season. At the state championships, Sims had a 585 series and a 214 high game.
“What impressed me is that when he started with us, he didn’t have his own ball or shoes,” Schreiber said. “He’s really been an asset to the team and has been a major surprise.”
James Pabilonia is a senior with a 187 average.
“He’s been part of the team for the last four years,” Schreiber said.
Steven Beck is a senior with a 195 average and rolled a 647 series.
“He’s been very consistent all year,” Schreiber said.
Senior Geoffrey Origenes had a 646 series and a 239 high game. Origenes had a 212 average all season.
Needless to say, Schreiber had a blast watching her team win a title.
“It was fantastic and fun to watch,” Schreiber said. “It was one of the best feelings in the world, bringing that state sectional trophy back to Hudson Catholic. We have kept it displayed in the front office of the school. I think we’ve put bowling back on the map at Hudson Catholic.”
See, it’s not all about basketball at the school…
The NJSIAA handed down new rules last week regarding how long high school football teams could hit live during the season. The rules now state that a team can only hit live in pads for a total of two hours in the preseason and just 15 minutes per week during the season. This is the first attempt to try to cut down on the number of concussions that occur during a football season.
We asked the two grandfathers of Hudson County football, namely Rich Hansen of St. Peter’s Prep (34 years) and Charlie Voorhees of Secaucus (22 years), about the rule. Both men are not only head football coaches, but athletic directors at their respective schools.
“I don’t think it’s a stark change for most of us, at least it isn’t for us,” Hansen said. “It’s not about just having the rule. It’s whether the state will police the rule and enforce the rule. That’s going to be difficult. There are a percentage of coaches who will just ignore the rule. Right now, everyone is hyper sensitive when it comes to injuries like head trauma. There has been a decline in participation numbers.”
Hansen thinks that the new rule will force coaches to change their philosophies when it comes to practice and training camp.
“Coaches have to devise practice plans to abide by the rules,” Hansen said. “It’s going to stress time management. I think there has been a trickledown effect from what the NFL has done. Rules are only as effective as they are policed, so the jury’s still out. I don’t know what kind of impact it will have on the sport. Safety should be in the forefront. But this rule has no effect on us.”
Voorhees said that he’s been battling participation numbers for quite some time. Small Group I schools like Secaucus had to do something.
“As New Jersey coaches, we needed to sit down and talk,” Voorhees said. “We spent a lot of time talking about declining numbers. We got rid of full contact many years ago. Instead of losing young players, we should be doing things to encourage young players to play. It’s all about the love of the game. We all love the game and want it to succeed.”…